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Headteacher arrested for posting KCSE Maths paper on WhatsApp Status

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In the place of a selfie, a meme, a quote or a video, Betta Mutuku, the principal of ABC Kiseveni Secondary School in Machakos County posted a KCSE Mathematics paper on her WhatsApp status.

Hours before the exam began, police officers led by Machakos DCIO Rhodah Kanyi arrived at the school, arrested her and headed to the police station for questioning.

Ms Mutuku is said to have put the Mathematics paper on her WhatsApp status since Monday evening for the candidates to study overnight ahead of sitting for the actual exam on Tuesday. The investigation has begun.

Early Exposure

Early exposure of KCSE exam papers to candidates is the new headache facing the Ministry of Education in its efforts to curb cheating.

Explaining the ‘early exposure’ concept, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said some officials open the papers minutes before the exam start time, give the questions to teachers who in turn share them with the candidates.

“Unprofessional examination officials expose the exams a little earlier than the scheduled time. The questions are then shared to the targeted candidates just before the examinations start,” said Magoha.

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